The Autumnal Fairy's Guide To Fall Beauty

The Autumnal Fairy has returned,

just as she always does this time of year,

after flittering about the globe

in a flurry of sparkly lights,

orange and black striped stockings,

with her corset full of leaves,

in search of the most magical finds of the season!

The Autumnal Fairy's Faves:

When you're bathing, quite literally, in a forest stream, you want to cleanse your gorgeous body with something gentle and, of course be very kind to your outdoor home. What to do? Indulge in Acure Organics Pumpkin + Calendula Soap. There's this whole amazing new soap line from them that are cold pressed, argan oil based, certified organic, and absolute silk on your skin! If you've avoided soaps because they are drying, you've gotta check these out: Unlike traditionally milled soaps which are heated then poured into molds to cool quickly, causing them to harden fast which depletes moisture (then salt gets added to further dry them out!), these are cold pressed and dried over a 6-week period to preserve complete and potent lipids, and healthy fatty acids to be retained. Your skin will adore you! They come in six mouth watering scents and last quite a long time...get on this!

With the weather changing and drier air moving in, the mane needs an infusion of lush. Switch from a lighter potion to Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Conditioner. Hair just drinks this in, from it's heavenly buttered almond scent to its lustrous sheen, leaving tresses glossy, manageable, and seriously prepared for a seasonal shift.

For delicate hands that cast sensuous spells... No Miss One Coat Nail Polish. For the tiny price tag, they are a animal-friendly, free-of-nasty-chemicals steal.  With over 100 delirious colors to choose from, this season's standouts are surely Georgetown Ginger, Punta Gorda Pecan, and Tamarac Tangerine.

Because autumn kisses are sweet and spicy, Vapour Organics Siren Lipstick luscious lipsticks are so necessary. They contain rose buds, camilla oil, myrrh, lemon balm, pomegranate, and jojoba oil, and the colors are drop dead gorgeous. Fall faves? The rich, bitten berry of Knockout, the chocolatey deliciousness of Dare, and, Tempest, a deep burnt Autumn orange described as "feisty!"

Above all, a Faerie loves glitter! It comes naturally, of course, from a clean, plant-based diet and lots of positive vibrations, but even mystical mamas want some extra cosmic sparkle...thank the stars for Orglamix, a vegan mineral makeup line with so many stunning glitters to chose from your wings will be all aflutter trying to decide! They have dazzling shades you can layer on top of their gorgeous shadows, to lips, body...anywhere...

And do pick up their Black Magic Shadow for some serious Samhain smolder...

Once inside your tree-cottage, you'll want to stock up on all your Kitchen Witch essentials, for bountiful harvest goodies, cozy suppers, and bewitching brews. Bookmark it, and the Guide To Choosing Purrfect Produce to have on hand at the market. We have soooo many amazing things to conjure up together!

And...don't even think of heading into a season change before first arming yourself with Contessa's Protective Blend, the best guard against sniffles, viruses, and general ickyness, both internally and as a topical antimicrobial potion.

Be well, my Fireflies...

Get out there and spread that sparkle everywhere,

because you are so very beautiful.

xxx Alise

P.S. Don't forget to stock up on Bitches Brew Tea and Bitches Blend Oil for the season!



The March Hair

"The March Hair will be much the most interesting,

and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad –

at least not so mad as it was in March."

I am taking some artistic license with my friend Alice here,

for just a moment.

It is not yet May, but the Hair is indeed raving mad after a long winter, being tossed about by fierce winds, stripped of moisture by dry indoor heat, and ravaged by raging outdoor chills. It's enough to make us eschew reality, and stay forever in eternal Tea Time.

(and, yes, I will be hosting that Mad Tea Party very soon...hint...hint #2)

But for now, let's deal with our tangled and tattered Winter tresses, shall we?

To greet Spring with a magnificent mane, I'm going to spill a few secrets...

Begin Anew

Get rid of all the dead stuff. Go for a new cut with a pro, or DIY at home, but get rid of the split, stringy, over-tired bits. I cannot sit still in a salon chair, so I have a habit (okay, it's a little more of an obsession) of snipping rough ends on an almost weekly basis, especially in Winter. It's astounding how ratty your hair can get in a short period of time! I know it's not exactly even all over, but really...I don't care. It's healthy. And if I accidentally do something weird, I just say it's "layered."

Masque

Mmmmm! Coconut oil and avocado. Should we eat it, or slather it in our hair? Both! Super beauty fats like these should be a part of our everyday dining for sure, but let's play with our food a bit...

Here is an easy and insanely great hair masque that adds luster to dry hair, it gets rid of flaking and dandruff, and it keeps your hair safe from the sun, which can be just as damaging to your hair as it is to your skin.  

Gently heat 1-2 Tbsp (depending on your length and texture) of coconut oil on the stove for about 10 seconds, then massage it into your hair from the roots to the tips. While it sets in, mash up a very ripe avocado until you end up with a smooth paste. Now massage the avocado into just the tips of your hair. Let the mixture set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual. Make sure the paste is very smooth, and the fruit very ripe, otherwise you will be dealing with a chunky guacamole on your head...not so much on the easy rinsing. And don't forget to apply it only to the tips. You can do this once a week if you like. 

Shampoo & Conditioner

I've recently hit the hair jackpot with this pair of aces: Acure Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. I am loving them!!! Lots of volume, shine, and light but potent conditioning make this such an awesome duo. With quinoa protein, babassu oil, and echinacea stem cells for promoting cellular regeneration at the root level...how awesome is that? My hair, no matter what I use, has always required a boat-load of detangler every day. But guess what? I haven't used a drop since I got on board with these! Bonus: as with their entire line, a little goes a long way, so in addition to being the best hair products I've found anywhere, they're very kind to your wallet.

Styling

I've been through endless styling-product phases, all aimed at one thing: the amplification of my natural state of bed-head. Going cruelty-free and natural narrows this field down significantly, unfortunately, to the tune of some pretty lousy concoctions. I've tried literally every mousse and spray in health food store existence, and I'm always tossing them, due to sticky gross ineptitude. Then along comes my shining star: Acure Argan Stem Cell + CoQ10 Dry Shampoo. I'm telling you, this company knows. I use the teeniest bit of powder in the root of the crown, give it a little fingertip massage, and oh yesssss...the hair that says, "did she just...?" 

No tacky residue, no powdered-wig weirdness, and no reason to wash it with actual shampoo four hours later, as every other dry shampoo despairs. 

Now, my Loves, that we're all giggly,  tossing our revitalized manes about like lionesses, let's remember the first tenet of beauty: It comes from within. On so many levels.

So, last, but never least...

Diet

Remember what the Doormouse said? Feed your head.

The absolute key to awesome hair is what you put into your body.

I'm talking lots of raw organic fruits and veggies, beauty fats (like avocado, coconut oil, nuts), lean plant proteins (spirulina, chlorella, hemp, chia), fermented foods (kombucha, raw sauerkraut, kimchee, sour pickles, miso)...and, of course, some cooked goodies in there for good measure and pure pleasure...

Here's to a full head of glossy tresses,

a happy heart,

and a f**king amazing weekend!

Love and flowers,

xxx Alise

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